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Hello, I'm new to researching ancestry in Ireland and find myself a little confused.  

I have a birth certificate for my 2nd great grandmother, Mary Jane Reid, which says she is born 11 May 1867 in Ballymurray, Kilmane, Roscommon to Nicholas Reid and Mary Keegan.

On, there is an index record (no image) that indicates a marriage for a Mary Keegan and Nicholas Reid on 13 February 1866 in Roscommon, Roscommon, Ireland.  I don't know where to look for that record--I see the NLI has no marriage records for Roscommon and Kilteevan, but some digitized parish records for Killinvoy for marriages at that time, but I only find a Maria Keegan and what looks to be a Michael Reid in February 1866.  (

Am I even looking in the right place?

Thank you in advance for your help.


Monday 21st Mar 2016, 09:41PM

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  • Christina:

    Welcome to Ireland Reaching Out!

    Ballymurray is a townland in the civil parish of Kilmeane. Kilmeane is within the registration district of Roscommon which covers about twelve different civil parishes. That explains why the Ancestry record showed Roscommon, Roscommon. Below is the index record. You can get a copy from the General Register Office for around four euros. The record will show the names of the fathers of the bride and groom and where the bride and groom lived in 1866. Let me know if you need instructions on getting the record.

    Roger McDonnell

    First name(s)MaryLast nameKeeganRegistration year1866Registered Quarter/Year1866Registration districtRoscommonVolume3Page390MarriageFinder™Mary Keegan married one of these people
    Michael Rooney, Nicholas Reid

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Monday 21st Mar 2016, 10:04PM
  • I found a transcription of the civil record which is below.


    Date of Marriage:13-Feb-1866
    Parish / District:ROSCOMMON CIVIL
    County:Co. Roscommon

    Husband NicholasReid Address Roscommon
    Wife MaryKeeganAddress:Ballymurry

    Occupation:PAINTER Age 35

    Mary age 22

    Husband's Father Patrick Reid
    Wife's Father James Keegan

    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Monday 21st Mar 2016, 10:08PM
  • Thank you for the quick and informative reply!

    Yes, I'd appreciate instructions on ordering the records. 


    Tuesday 22nd Mar 2016, 01:14AM
  • Christina:

    Unless you want to have a copy of the record, I gave you the info from the record in my second comment.

    Here are the instructions for getting a copy of a civil record: Go to this link    Fill out the form to the best of your ability and include the info from the index record. Make sure you only ask for a copy. You have to mail the request to Ireland (address provided when you print the form). You can ask GRO to e-mail the copy back. I provide a credit card number and have not had any issues.


    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Wednesday 23rd Mar 2016, 01:11AM
  • I am back to ask if anyone has advice on finding the mother's name for Nicholas Reid and Mary Keegan.  I have searched on RootsIreland to no avail.

    Thank you.


    Thursday 26th Apr 2018, 01:27PM
  • Christina:

    Welcome back!

    Did Nicholas and Mary emigrate from Ireland? If they did possibly the death records in their new country might show the parents info. Irish death records do not show parents names.

    Another possibility is DNA testing. Possibly you would match someone who has a lot more info on the family and may have a family tree posted.




    Castlemore Roscommon, IrelandXO Volunteer ☘

    Thursday 26th Apr 2018, 08:50PM
  • Thank you!  I don't believe they emigrated.  Their daughter, Mary Jane, did, but I don't think they did.  I have done DNA testing both through Ancestry and 23andMe.  There is one person who is researching someone we think may be a Reid relative, but he has less information than me, unfortunately!  Ah, I'll just keep digging.  Even the Berlin Wall eventually came down!


    Friday 27th Apr 2018, 04:07PM

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